John 14 [Clear Word]
28A. A POSSIBILITY MINDSET
Zechariah 4:6 Then he explained, "These are symbols of the work and power of the Holy Spirit. So this is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit will the work be done.'
John 14:1 "Don't let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, so trust me. 2 In my Father's house there's plenty of room for everyone. If that weren't so, I would have told you. I'm going home to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go to prepare a place for you, you can be sure that I'll come back to take you home with me, so you can be with me forever. 4 You know where I'm going and also how to get there." 5 Thomas spoke up, "Lord, we have to be honest with you. We don't really know where you're going or how to get there." 6 Jesus said, "I am the way you get to the Father. I am the truth about what He's like. No one can come to the Father on his own; he has to come through me. The Father's life is in me. 7 If you really knew me, you would know the Father, because you would have seen Him in me. From now on, you will realize you have known Him and seen Him." 8 Philip spoke up, "Lord, give us just one glimpse of the Father before you go and we'll be satisfied." 9 Jesus, being somewhat disappointed with Philip's lack of faith, said, "You mean I've been with you all this time, Philip, and you still don't know me? When you're looking at me, you're looking at the Father. How then can you ask me to give you a glimpse of the Father? 10 You must believe me when I tell you that I am the Father in action and that the Father is living out His life in me. All the things I've taught you were not just my own ideas, but things the Father wanted me to share with you. It's the Father living in me who's doing all this.11 Believe me when I tell you that the Father would do everything I have done if He were here. So when I speak, it's the Father speaking through me. If it's hard for you to believe that I'm the Father in action, then don't base your faith on what I'm saying, but on the miracles that you've seen me do." 12 Jesus turned to the rest of the disciples and said, "If you really believe that I am who I say I am, you will do the same miracles that I have done. In fact, you'll do miracles in many more places than I have, because I'm going back to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask me to do for you, I'll do it, as long as you ask for it in the same spirit and for the same reason that I would. Then your actions will glorify the Father just as mine have. 14 So ask for what you need in order to accomplish my mission and I'll do it for you. 15 If you really love me, you will obey me. 16When I get back home, I'll ask the Father to send you the Holy Spirit. Then He will be the One to carry on my mission and will stay with you while I'm gone. 17 The world in general won't listen to the Holy Spirit because it doesn't see Him or know Him, but you know Him and you've already accepted Him. I know, because I've seen Him working in you. He's been motivating you and guiding you, and He'll continue to do so until I come back. 18 So I'm not leaving you alone. Through the Spirit, I'll still be by your side, helping you with your work. 19 In just a few hours, I'll be leaving, and the world will wonder where I've gone. But you know where I'm going, and one day we'll be together again, because I won't be dead forever, and when you die, neither will you. 20 After I go back to my Father and the Holy Spirit comes, you'll understand things better. Then you'll know what it means to be one with me, because you'll have the same spirit my Father and I do. That will make you one with us. 21 The person who listens to and does what I say is the one who really loves me. He will know that my Father and I love him. Then we'll reveal even more of our love to him." 22 Thaddaeus asked, "Lord, how can you be by our side through the presence of the Spirit, and yet we won't be able to see you?" 23 Jesus answered, "If someone loves me and decides to do what I ask him to, my Father and I both will love him and be by his side to help him. 24 If someone doesn't love me and doesn't want to listen to what I have to say, he's not rejecting me, he's rejecting the Father who's speaking through me. 25 I want to make these things clear to you while I'm still here. 26 The Holy Spirit whom the Father will send to represent me, will help you understand these things more fully after I'm gone and will help you remember what I've said. 27 I want you to have the same inner peace that I have--not the kind of peace that the world gives, but that abiding peace with the Father that only I can give. Don't be afraid of Him, because He loves you. 28 As I've already told you, I have to go away, but I'll come back to be by your side. If you really love me, then be glad that I'm going home to my Father who is even greater than I. 29 I'm sharing all these things with you ahead of time so that when they happen, your faith in me will be made stronger. 30 After tonight, I'll not be talking to you for awhile. The devil, who thinks he's the prince of this world, is doing all he can to get me to sin, but he'll not find one sinful inclination in me that responds to his temptations. 31 The whole universe needs to know that I love the Father more than anything else. So everything the Father tells me to do, I do. Come, we need to be going."